Watchword for All Saints’ Day
Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the
throne, and to the Lamb! (Revelation 7:10)
(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)
WELCOME and CALL to WORSHIP
(Based on verses from Psalm 107)
“Give thanks to the LORD,
because he is good; his love is eternal!”
Repeat these words in praise to the LORD,
all you whom he has saved.
He has rescued you from your enemies and has
brought you back from foreign countries,
from east and west, from north and south,
the LORD has called his people together.
Some wandered in the trackless desert and
could not find their way to a city to live in.
They were hungry and thirsty
and had given up all hope.
Then in their trouble, they called to the LORD,
and he saved them from their distress.
He led them by a straight road
to a city where they could live.
Give thanks to the LORD for his constant love,
for the wonderful things he has done.
He satisfies those who are thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.
Hymn 152 * Praise the Lord, his glories show
People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)
(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)
PRAYER of APPROACH
We gather in God’s name;
we claim Christ’s promised presence.
My sisters and brothers,
not out of dread and fear,
but believing in the understanding and
forgiveness of God, let us rid ourselves of what
we need to carry no longer.
Eternal Maker of the endless heavens,
lowly Christ, befriender of the changing earth,
Holy Spirit, wind over the flowing waters,
in earth, sea and sky, you are ever present.
O hidden mystery, sun behind all suns,
soul within all souls, in everything we touch,
in everyone we meet you are there,
and we give you thanks.
But where we have not touched
but trampled on your creation;
where we have not honoured
but avoided you in one another;
where we have not received
but rejected your goodness,
forgive us and hear our plea for your pardon.
Holy God, holy and mighty,
holy and immortal, have mercy on us.
Hymn 776 * Kyrie eleison
WORDS of ASSURANCE
Know that God is good,
and that to those who are truly sorry
God forgives what is past
and enables us to begin again.
Once we were no people,
now we are God’s people.
Once we were beyond God’s mercy,
now that mercy has been given to us.
So let us live as those who treasure God’s costly
generosity, by safeguarding God’s earth,
delighting in its people, and loving our Maker
to whom be glory for ever.
Thanks be to God! Amen.
Hymn 762 * Glory to God in the highest!
Revelation 7:9-17 NT p. 318 (315)
St. Matthew 5:1-12 NT p. 7
People may stand for the Gospel reading.
The word of God: Thanks be to God!
Hymn 749 * Soon and very soon
(Hymn of the Month, November 2017)
SERMON Rev. James Brown
Hymn 341 * Blest are they, the poor in spirit
(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)
The APOSTLES’ CREED (words at Hymn 628)
PRAYERS of CONCERN
God in your mercy, bring healing, bring peace.
The LORD’S PRAYER
English words at: Hymn 652, Second Form (b)
(Please pray in your own preferred language / version.)
Hymn 665 One bread, one body
The Lord be with you, and also with you.
Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
…We give you thanks and praise.
We give you thanks and praise.
…we join our voices to those of earth, sea and
sky, in the universal hymn of praise which
echoes through time and eternity:
Hymn 769 * Holy, holy, holy
PRAYER of CONSECRATION
(in which bread is broken and the cup raised)
Hymn 778 Lamb of God, you take away
INVITATION and CELEBRATION
(please come forward to share communion)
The PEACE (all share a sign of peace)
NOTICES and PRAYER
Hymn 740 *1+4, 7-8 For all the saints
BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)